Cartoon Coffin: a Eulogy

Published in The Covington News ~ July 12, 2019. PREFACE  If you are a subscriber of this newspaper, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything in a while.  Yes, gentle reader, I have been — as we say — busy. And yep, this is an actual eulogy, the one I...

The Importance of “My Bad”

Every honest, thinking person knows that there is a difference between what is simply legal and what is right, what is good and what is that which you can-get-away-with.   I remember being in the fourth grade and attending high school basketball games. (Everybody...

Race and “Good Taste”

Not long ago I was offered a gig at The [ Withholding the Large Virginia Town’s Name Here ]  Arts and Culture Center.   After responding with the thank-you-for-inviting-me email, I went to the center’s website to see what the place was like. There I...

Perpetual Calendars

Now, I shall speak of time and the marking of time. Once I may have said, “the keeping of time,” as in, “My granddaddy’s watch keeps good time,” but that’s a misleading verb, isn’t it?  Time is not kept; it continues to pass...

A Message from the Confederate Monument in My Town

This was written on June 19, 2015 after the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Many citizens were calling for the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the S.C. Statehouse grounds. •   •   •   •   •   •  • When...

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